At TED2010, mathematics legend Benoit Mandelbrot develops a theme he first discussed at TED in 1984 -- the extreme complexity of roughness, and the way that fractal math can find order within patterns that seem unknowably complicated. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, math, TED2010, 2010
In a short, funny, data-packed talk at TED U, Catherine Mohr walks through all the geeky decisions she made when building a green new house -- looking at real energy numbers, not hype. What choices matter most? Not the ones you think. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, green, technology, TED2010, 2010
Tax forms, credit agreements, healthcare legislation: They're crammed with gobbledygook, says Alan Siegel, and incomprehensibly long. He calls for a simple, sensible redesign -- and plain English -- to make legal paperwork intelligible to the rest of us. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, language, law, simplicity, TED2010, 2010
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more. Tapping into new ideas on behavioral economics, he explores how these trends could be turned into smarter policy. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, global issues, politics, TED2010, 2010
At TED2009, Tim Berners-Lee called for "raw data now" -- for governments, scientists and institutions to make their data openly available on the web. At TED University in 2010, he shows a few of the interesting results when the data gets linked up. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, Internet, computers, statistics, visualizations, web, 2010
In a brilliantly tongue-in-cheek analysis, Sebastian Wernicke turns the tools of statistical analysis on TEDTalks, to come up with a metric for creating "the optimum TEDTalk" based on user ratings. How do you rate it? "Jaw-dropping"? "Unconvincing"? Or just plain "Funny"? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, comedy, entertainment, statistics, TED2010, 2010
William Li presents a new way to think about treating cancer and other diseases: anti-angiogenesis, preventing the growth of blood vessels that feed a tumor. The crucial first (and best) step: Eating cancer-fighting foods that cut off the supply lines and beat cancer at its own game. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, food, medicine, science, technology, TED2010, 2010
David Byrne sings the Talking Heads' 1988 hit, "(Nothing But) Flowers." He's accompanied by Thomas Dolby and string quartet Ethel, who made up the TED2010 house band. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, future, music, performance, society, 2010
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, invention, TED2010, 2010
Drugs alone can't stop disease in sub-Saharan Africa: We need diagnostic tools to match. TED Senior Fellow Frederick Balagadde shows how we can multiply the power and availability of an unwieldy, expensive diagnostic lab -- by miniaturizing it to the size of a chip. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, engineering, invention, microbiology, TED2010, 2010
Politicians are strange creatures, says politician Omar Ahmad. And the best way to engage them on your pet issue is a monthly handwritten letter. Ahmad shows why old-fashioned correspondence is more effective than email, phone or even writing a check -- and shares the four simple steps to writing a letter that works. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, culture, politics, social change, TED2010, 2010
Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, creativity, education, intelligence, TED2010, 2010
Despite her best efforts, comedian Julia Sweeney is forced to tell a little white lie when her 8-year-old begins learning about frog reproduction -- and starts to ask some very smart questio Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, children, comedy, humor, relationships, sex, TED2010, 2010
Alleviating poverty is more guesswork than science, and lack of data on aid's impact raises questions about how to provide it. But Clark Medal-winner Esther Duflo says it's possible to know which development efforts help and which hurt -- by testing solutions with randomized tria Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, economics, poverty, third world, TED2010, 2010
Arthritis and injury grind down millions of joints, but few get the best remedy -- real biological tissue. Kevin Stone shows a treatment that could sidestep the high costs and donor shortfall of human-to-human transplants with a novel use of animal tissue. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, design, future, medicine, technology, TED2010, 2010
Fifty percent of traffic accidents happen at intersections. Gary Lauder shares a brilliant and cheap idea for helping drivers move along smoothly: a new traffic sign that combines the properties of "Stop" and "Yield" -- and asks drivers to be polite. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, design, transportation, TED2010, 2010
As his career grew, David Byrne went from playing CBGB to Carnegie Hall. He asks: Does the venue make the music? From outdoor drumming to Wagnerian operas to arena rock, he explores how context has pushed musical innovation. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, arts, future, history, music, TED2010, 2010
Musical innovator Andrew Bird winds together his trademark violin technique with xylophone, vocals and sophisticated electronic looping. Add in his uncanny ability to whistle anything, and he becomes a riveting one-man orchestra Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, arts, entertainment, music, performance, TED2010, 2010
We're all embedded in vast social networks of friends, family, co-workers and more. Nicholas Christakis tracks how a wide variety of traits -- from happiness to obesity -- can spread from person to person, showing how your location in the network might impact your life in ways you don't even know. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, evolution, health, medicine, science, society, TED2010, 2010
In graphic design, Marian Bantjes says, throwing your individuality into a project is heresy. She explains how she built her career doing just that, bringing her signature delicate illustrations to storefronts, valentines and even genetic diagrams. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, art, design, innovation, TED2010, 2010
For the last 12 years, Carter Emmart has been coordinating the efforts of scientists, artists and programmers to build a complete 3D visualization of our known universe. He demos this stunning tour and explains how it's being shared with facilities around the wor Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, astronomy, science, space, technology, TED2010, 2010
Stacey Kramer offers a moving, personal, 3-minute parable that shows how an unwanted experience -- frightening, traumatic, costly -- can turn out to be a priceless gift. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, cancer, medicine, personal growth, storytelling, TED2010, 2010
With endearing honesty and vulnerability, Raghava KK tells the colorful tale of how art has taken his life to new places, and how life experiences in turn have driven his multiple reincarnations as an artist -- from cartoonist to painter, media darling to social outcast, and son to father. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, culture, design, entertainment, TED2010, 2010
The land of the free has become a legal minefield, says Philip K. Howard -- especially for teachers and doctors, whose work has been paralyzed by fear of suits. What's the answer? A lawyer himself, Howard has four propositions for simplifying US law. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, design, health care, law, TED2010, 2010
We all know the arguments that being vegetarian is better for the environment and for the animals -- but in a carnivorous culture, it can be hard to make the change. Graham Hill has a powerful, pragmatic suggestion: Be a weekday veg. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, culture, food, global issues, green, TED2010, 2010
For his first studio album release in decades, musical innovator Thomas Dolby has been composing music in the uniquely inspirational setting of a restored life-boat. Here he premieres a gorgeous, evocative song from that album -- about one night with a legend. He's backed by members of the modern string quartet Eth Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, entertainment, history, live music, music, TED2010, 2010
Democracy thrives on civil debate, Michael Sandel says -- but we're shamefully out of practice. He leads a fun refresher, with TEDsters sparring over a recent Supreme Court case (PGA Tour, Inc. v. Martin) whose outcome reveals the critical ingredient in justice. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, government, law, philosophy, politics, sports, TED2010, 2010
Chef Dan Barber squares off with a dilemma facing many chefs today: how to keep fish on the menu. With impeccable research and deadpan humor, he chronicles his pursuit of a sustainable fish he could love, and the foodie's honeymoon he's enjoyed since discovering an outrageously delicious fish raised using a revolutionary farming method in Spain. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, agriculture, biology, environment, food, health, TED2010, 2010
TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and -- wait for it -- meat. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, architecture, design, environment, urban planning, TED2010, 2010
Natalie Merchant sings from her new album, <em>Leave Your Sleep.</em> Lyrics from near-forgotten 19th-century poetry pair with her unmistakable voice for a performance that brought the TED audience to its feet. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, literature, music, performance, poetry, TED2010, 2010
Simplicity: We know it when we see it -- but what is it, exactly? In this funny, philosophical talk, George Whitesides chisels out an answer. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, chemistry, complexity, design, history, simplicity, technology, TED2010, 2010
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our experiencing selves and our remembering selves perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, brain, culture, economics, happiness, mind, philosophy, psychology, science,...
TED collaborates with animator Andrew Park to illustrate Denis Dutton's provocative theory on beauty -- that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, beauty, brain, culture, design, evolution, society, TED2010, 2010
At TED2010, Bill Gates unveils his vision for the world's energy future, describing the need for miracles to avoid planetary catastrophe and explaining why he's backing a dramatically different type of nuclear reactor. The necessary goal? Zero carbon emissions globally by 2050. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, business, energy, global issues, invention, science, technology, TED2010, 2010
Games like World of Warcraft give players the means to save worlds, and incentive to learn the habits of heroes. What if we could harness this gamer power to solve real-world problems? Jane McGonigal says we can, and explains how. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, computers, design, entertainment, gaming, global issues, play, TED2010, 2010
Margaret Gould Stewart, YouTube's head of user experience, talks about how the ubiquitous video site works with copyright holders and creators to foster (at the best of times) a creative ecosystem where everybody wins. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, art, arts, business, creativity, culture, entertainment, law, technology,...
Sharing powerful stories from his anti-obesity project in Huntington, W. Va., TED Prize winner Jamie Oliver makes the case for an all-out assault on our ignorance of food. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, business, education, food, global issues, health, TED2010, 2010
Michael Shermer says the human tendency to believe strange things -- from alien abductions to dowsing rods -- boils down to two of the brain's most basic, hard-wired survival skills. He explains what they are, and how they get us into trouble. Topics: TEDTalks, TED2010, TED, Talks, God, faith, neurology, psychology, science, self, 2010
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Buddhism, business, economics, happiness, money, psychology, TED2010, 2010
As the world's attention focuses on the perils of oil exploration, we present Richard Sears' talk from early February 2010. Sears, an expert in developing new energy resources, talks about our inevitable and necessary move away from oil. Toward ... what? Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, alternative energy, energy, exploration, green, science, technology, TED2010,...
Nalini Nadkarni challenges our perspective on trees and prisons -- she says both can be more dynamic than we think. Through a partnership with the state of Washington, she brings science classes and conservation programs to inmates, with unexpected results. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biosphere, crime, environment, nature, prison, social change, TED2010, 2010
Mark Roth studies suspended animation: the art of shutting down life processes and then starting them up again. It's wild stuff, but it's not science fiction. Induced by careful use of an otherwise toxic gas, suspended animation can potentially help trauma and heart attack victims survive long enough to be treated. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, biology, fish, health care, science, war, TED2010, 2010
Photographs do more than document history -- they make it. At TED University, Jonathan Klein of Getty Images shows some of the most iconic, and talks about what happens when a generation sees an image so powerful it can't look away -- or back. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, global issues, media, photography, poverty, war, TED2010, 2010
Armed with bracing logic, wit and her public-health nerd glasses, Elizabeth Pisani reveals the myriad of inconsistencies in today's political systems that prevent our dollars from effectively fighting the spread of HIV. Her research with at-risk populations -- from junkies in prison to sex workers on the street in Cambodia -- demonstrates the sometimes counter-intuitive measures that could stall the spread of this devastating disease. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, global issues, health, health care, sex, TED2010, 2010
James Cameron's big-budget (and even bigger-grossing) films create unreal worlds all their own. In this personal talk, he reveals his childhood fascination with the fantastic -- from reading science fiction to deep-sea diving -- and how it ultimately drove the success of his blockbuster hits "Aliens," "The Terminator," "Titanic" and "Avatar." Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, adventure, entertainment, film, nature, oceans, storytelling, technology,...
Gary Flake demos Pivot, a new way to browse and arrange massive amounts of images and data online. Built on breakthrough Seadragon technology, it enables spectacular zooms in and out of web databases, and the discovery of patterns and links invisible in standard web browsing. Topics: TEDTalks, TED, Talks, data, demo, interface design, technology, web, TED2010, 2010
In this moving yet pragmatic talk, Kevin Bales explains the business of modern slavery, a multibillion-dollar economy that underpins some of the worst industries on earth. He shares stats and personal stories from his on-the-ground research -- and names the price of freeing every slave on earth right now. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, Slavery, business, economics, global issues, humanity, trafficking, TED2010,...
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works -- sharing her ability to "think in pictures" which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, animals, brain, design, education, invention, mental health, science,...
Seth Berkley explains how smart advances in vaccine design, production and distribution are bringing us closer than ever to eliminating a host of global threats -- from AIDS to malaria to flu pandemics. Topics: TedTalks, TED, Talks, AIDS, epidemiology, global issues, health, medicine, TED2010, 2010